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10/05/2011 - 1:20pm
Marchand on M&M: No Cup hangover

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.

"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."

The Bruins open the season Thursday night, hosting the Flyers. Marchand said he doesn't expect the B's to have a post-Cup letdown, and he will not use the short offseason an excuse.

"The only thing it really did for me was I had to be more dedicated to my training and my diet and my sleep," he said. "I thought I did a good job with it. I came into camp and I was a lot quicker and my body fat was a lot lower. So, I was very happy with how I was able to train this summer to get prepared for this year. I...

10/05/2011 - 1:04pm
Report: Bruins won't sign Clark
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins will not sign veteran forward Chris Clark, who had been in camp with the team on a tryout.

Clark, 35, had been skating as an extra forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. He served as the team's alternate captain in their final preseason game Saturday. 

The exit of Clark means the Bruins' roster is set for the regular season, which begins Thursday night. Jordan Caron will have made the team for the second consecutive season. He is likely to serve as an extra forward unless he can steal a spot from a bottom-six forward.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.  


10/05/2011 - 12:50pm
Pats practice: Mayo, Woodhead missing

FOXBORO -- The Patriots game in Oakland last Sunday took its injury toll and part of that toll was evident on Wednesday as the Patriots began their on-field preparation for the Jets this Sunday at Gillette. 

Jerod Mayo (left knee) and Danny Woodhead (left ankle) were two of the seven Patriots not spotted at the start of practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette. Also missing were Julian Edelman, Aaron Hernandez, Seabastian Vollmer, Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright. The team worked out in shorts and shells as heavy rain greeted the team at the start of practice.

Mayo reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the first half of Sunday's game and is expected to miss several weeks with the injury. Hernandez has been out since injuring his knee in the Week 2 win over the Chargers while Vollmer has played in just one game, missing the last two weeks with a back injury.  

For more, visit the Patriots team page...

10/05/2011 - 12:00pm
Francona will be playoff analyst on Fox

According to an industry source, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will serve as a guest analyst on Fox Sports during the network's playoff broadcasts of the American League Championship Series. Francona will fill in for color man Tim McCarver in the first two games of the ALCS, at a time when McCarver -- who is expected to return to the booth for Game 3 -- is undergoing what Fox has described as "a minor heart procedure."

Francona just concluded an eight-year tenure as manager of the Red Sox in which he went 744-552 and helped guide the Sox to two World Series while reaching the postseason five times.

However, the Sox missed the playoffs in each of the last two years, including this year, when the team went 7-20 in September in the biggest final month collapse in baseball history. After the season, however, the Sox did not pick up the two-year, $8.75 million option on Francona's contract, with the manager and team both suggesting...

10/05/2011 - 11:30am
Gammons on M&M: Tito 'really beaten up'

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox' possibilities for their next manager, where Theo Epstein will be next season, and his take on Terry Francona's departure.

"I think it was very difficult on Terry," Gammons said of Boston's late-season struggles. "Did it get out of control to some degree? Yeah I guess so. I think he has been portrayed too much as this guy who was cowering in a corner. ... He had been really beaten up. We've talked about it here, we've kidded about it, the tenures of managers in Boston should be judged in dog years. So at the end of 56 years of managing the Red Sox, he needed to move on."

Francona decided to walk away on Friday after much speculation that he would be pushed out by the front office after the September collapse. Gammons said that he believes Francona knew he was out no matter what he did.

"I had a strong...

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